One of the “extras” of blogging that I greatly enjoy, is receiving books from other writers. Often these books arrived before they are released for sale, and it is a lot of fun to get to “pre read” so many good stories.
Another great thing about blogging is the communities that grow from shared interests and purposes.
Both of those blessings from blogging is how I came to have a particular new children’s book in my hands.
”The Marvelous Mud House,” A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy by fellow Compassion blogger, April Graney arrived on my front porch two weeks ago.
This children’s story isn’t just for children, as is the case with many good books. With deep, rich colors the story of Ben and his family is illustrated as they travel from their American hungry ranch to Kenya. “What made this house hungry was the feeling of always wanting more.”
Isn’t that way of our western abundance? The feeling of always “needing or wanting” more? That feeling of needly want can so easily drown out the voice that says “trust Me to provide.”
As I read this story to my grand-daughter, I remember hoping that the seeds of truth will fall upon a soft heart inside her. And then I heard the invitation to let them fall upon my own heart.
In this book, you have rich, beautiful illustrations and vibrant, colorful words, telling the story of Mama George and her son George. George is longing for the opportunity to go to school. Mama George answers that longing with a song:
“We’re rich, my son, rich in love, strength, and life! The Giver of these hears every cry! Let’s life up our hands to the God who provides.”
And it is the story of a boy and his family, how God takes them on a grand adventure. An adventure to His own heart, and opens their eyes to a world beyond the hungry house.
May we each discover the story of finding fullness and joy, way beyond our abundance and continual want.
This book was sent to me, as part of the author’s launch team. No compensation beyond the gift of this book was received.